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Antimicrobial resistance is a global problem - a UK perspective

Antimicrobial resistance is a global problem - a UK perspective
Antimicrobial resistance is a global problem - a UK perspective
Increasingly we are reaching a situation where current antimicrobial medicines are no longer effective for common infections, and antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is now a global public health crisis. The reliance on antimicrobials such as antibiotics has become a major issue for both medicine and agriculture, particularly given the slow development of new medicines and pharmaceutical industry investment. The UK government has been working with other international bodies in the search for solutions to the many challenges AMR poses. Herbal medicines may provide a useful modality in the fight against AMR and can work solely or in tandem with current antimicrobial approaches. Recommendations for herbal medicine use during the COVID-19 viral pandemic have featured in Chinese national guidelines and policies, but UK strategies have no such guidance on herbal treatment for any infectious disease. More research is urgently needed to explore the biological plausibility and safety of herbal medicines to manage AMR. AMR is universal, affecting anyone and everyone, at any age and in any country. Investigating how such approaches can be integrated into western medicine will be important to elucidate.
Antibiotics, Antimicrobial resistance, Global health, Government response, Herbal medicine, Infection
1876-3820
Hu, Xiao-Yang
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Logue, Martin
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Robinson, Nicola
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Hu, Xiao-Yang
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Robinson, Nicola
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Hu, Xiao-Yang, Logue, Martin and Robinson, Nicola (2020) Antimicrobial resistance is a global problem - a UK perspective. European Journal of Integrative Medicine, 36, [101136]. (doi:10.1016/j.eujim.2020.101136).

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Abstract

Increasingly we are reaching a situation where current antimicrobial medicines are no longer effective for common infections, and antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is now a global public health crisis. The reliance on antimicrobials such as antibiotics has become a major issue for both medicine and agriculture, particularly given the slow development of new medicines and pharmaceutical industry investment. The UK government has been working with other international bodies in the search for solutions to the many challenges AMR poses. Herbal medicines may provide a useful modality in the fight against AMR and can work solely or in tandem with current antimicrobial approaches. Recommendations for herbal medicine use during the COVID-19 viral pandemic have featured in Chinese national guidelines and policies, but UK strategies have no such guidance on herbal treatment for any infectious disease. More research is urgently needed to explore the biological plausibility and safety of herbal medicines to manage AMR. AMR is universal, affecting anyone and everyone, at any age and in any country. Investigating how such approaches can be integrated into western medicine will be important to elucidate.

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Accepted/In Press date: 1 May 2020
e-pub ahead of print date: 12 May 2020
Published date: June 2020
Keywords: Antibiotics, Antimicrobial resistance, Global health, Government response, Herbal medicine, Infection

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Local EPrints ID: 443337
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/443337
ISSN: 1876-3820
PURE UUID: 9ca1567d-fd1a-4e86-ab17-9eebc8fcb9fd
ORCID for Xiao-Yang Hu: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-3143-7999

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Date deposited: 20 Aug 2020 16:34
Last modified: 10 Jan 2022 03:05

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Author: Xiao-Yang Hu ORCID iD
Author: Martin Logue
Author: Nicola Robinson

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